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Issue 196 - April 2017

WF 196 cover

The April 2017 issue of Welsh Football is published on 20th March.

This issue includes all the regular coverage and analysis of domestic Welsh competitions, including the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.

This month's feature articles also include full club spotlights on Usk Town and Bargod Rangers and coverage of the recent Spring Groundhop weekend in Carmarthenshire and south Wales. 

For history lovers, we have several articles of interest: firstly, we focus on the Origins of Football in Cardiff, looking at the city's pioneering 19th century clubs. We also have an article by Richard E. Huws, telling the story of John Alwyn Evans, an Aberystwyth & District League player who went on to star for Millwall and Leyton Orient.

The regular 'Looking Back' series turns the clock back 25 years, and in this issue we are again looking at matches and other news from late Spring 1992, in the months prior to the formation of the League of Wales.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 19:27

Clash of Cultures

SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY. The Island, wintry.
It's a dreaded Six Nations day in Cardiff, so my priority for today's outing was to avoid travelling to or through the city centre. An easy way to achieve this is to head east by bus to Newport, and then into Gwent, and that is how I come to be travelling to Usk Town, who have attracted my attention by being on the verge of winning the Gwent Central League.

Now Usk isn't really all that far from Newport, or Cwmbran, or Pontypool. But it's extraordinarily poorly served by public transport, and I'm fortunate that the two-hourly bus from Newport Bus Station gets me there about 45 minutes before their 1.30 kick off; and that there's a return service at half past three. I have a chilly wait at Newport Bus Station, stress levels raised by a fellow traveller - and Usk resident - who tells me of the occasions she's had to wait an extra two hours for this service. But not today - it appears just a few minutes late and sets off through the lanes to Usk.

There's not a lot of activity in Usk on a Saturday lunchtime. The pubs are open, and will fill up later as the rugby kick off approaches, but otherwise there are just a few walkers by the river. After a riverside stroll of my own, I cross the town bridge and make for the Island recreation ground, not an island in fact, but a strip of land between the river and the road to Pontypool. The pitch is in good condition, although some other areas of the rec. are seriously boggy. Elsewhere today in south Wales a few matches have fallen foul of waterlogging and frost, but no such worries here. The teams emerge along the path from the changing rooms, Usk in green and Cwmffrwdoer in claret and blue and set up their respective 'bases' on opposite sides of the pitch.

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